Click HERE to view the 2020 Doodad Catalog!

Click HERE to view the 2020 Award Winner’s Gallery!

Click HERE to view the 2020 virtual gallery!

Click HERE to view the walking tour video!

8th Annual Repurposed Doodad Competition is on display at the Tampa International Airport

  • The imagination and creative talent of Kindergarten – 12th grade students who attend public, private, charter and home schools in Hillsborough County are currently on display at the Tampa International Airport. We received 132 sculptures from 32 schools that involved 36 teachers and 310 students.
  • Thank you to the teachers, parents and students who’ve made the year’s competition a success during difficult circumstances.
  • Thank you also to the competition judges who were entrusted to vote for the sculptures they felt best met the competition criteria.
  •  Last but definitely not least, many thanks to Tampa International Airport and all our generous sponsors. Their commitment to the community helps young people to experience the importance of reusing unconventional materials while problem solving through the creative process.
  • For updates, periodically check our website and follow us on Facebook @AnnualDoodadCompetition.

People’s Choice Awards – Made possible by a grant from Suncoast Credit Union.

  • We received over 2,000 texted votes! Thank you to the hundreds of people who supported their favorite sculptures.
  • The top 9 sculptures that received the most votes received a People’s Choice Award regardless of grade level category.

Feedback about 2020 Competition 

“Thank you for putting on this program! For my homeschool kids, it fulfills a whole semester of art education (not to mention the excitement!) that we otherwise wouldn’t have. We’ve been very impressed by how engaged and invested everyone is that we have met through DooDad. From the people there at drop off etc. the last two years. Thank you again for your commitment!” — Tonya Ledford, homeschool parent, 3/31/2020

“Thank you so much for doing this competition. It taught our children some important lessons about the needs of others and about how many bags and wrappers that are thrown away. It was an eye opener as we were collecting them for our projects too.” — Kimberly Johnson, homeschool parent, 3/31/2020

“You didn’t allow this virus to ruin your mission. I love the way the competition was handled so that our students could still shine! We had a great time as well, and look forward to participating next year. Thank you all!”– Debonique Grigsby, art teacher at Grady Elementary, 3/31/2020

“Doodad is indeed life changing. You all at Doodad run it beautifully. Thank you!” — Cindy Green, homeschool parent, 3/31/2020

“Thanks for all you’ve done and are doing. I think it’s an amazing event/experience, and all the kids have worked so hard. You have gone above and beyond to make this a positive experience for all involved. I hope you’re able to keep organizing the Doodad competitions. They’re such a wonderful opportunity.” — Nicole Humphreys, homeschool parent, 3/31/2020

Picking-Up Sculptures

  • Because of current health concerns and “safer at home” directives, the exhibition has no end date and is still on view at the airport.
  • Therefore, exhibition catalogs, award checks and teacher thank you gifts will be mailed.
  • A link to an online form asking follow-up questions was emailed to individuals who submitted sculptures.
  • Questions? Call or text Dana Warner, 813-833-4135

BE A 2021 SPONSOR

We’re always looking for sponsors to help support this exhibition. Contact us today! doodadoftampa@gmail.com

  • Presenting – $3000
  • Platinum – $2500
  • People’s Choice Awards – $2,500
  • Gold – $1000
  • Silver – $500
  • Bronze – $250
  • In-Kind – various
  • Warren Elly Award for Outstanding Art Educator – $500
  • Support of Title I School Involvement by providing art supplies – $300 per school

DOODADS on 83DegreesMedia

CLICK HERE to read an 83DegreesMedia article written by Caitlin Albritton and posted on February 3, 2020 about the 2020 Doodad competition and a series of free workshops held at four public libraries in Hillsborough County.

DOODADS on FOX13 NEWS

CLICK HERE to view the 3 minute FOX13 “Charlie’s World” feature aired February 11, 2019 that highlights the Doodads competition exhibited during the 2019 Florida State Fair.

DOODADS VIDEO on YouTube

CLICK HERE to view the 18 minute Doodads documentary by Ethan Huggins, highlighting the successes and history of the Doodads competition. This video was featured at the 2015 Doodads Awards Reception and in the Doodads exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center.

COPYRIGHT— Need to know more about copyright and plagiarism? Click on the image to download the Copyright and Plagiarism guide created by Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and adopted by the Doodad Coordinators.

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Congratulations to all the students who created the amazing sculptures in the 8th Annual Doodad Repurposed Sculpture Competition. The sculptures continue to be on display at Tampa International Airport. Given the current situation, the best way to see the sculptures in the Exhibit is on the Doodad website. http://doodadoftampa.org/2020-competition/
The award winners are included on the award winners gallery. http://doodadoftampa.org/2020-award-winners/
This year, the competition included People's Choice Awards, sponsored by the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. The People's Choice Awards were voted on by visitors in the airport as well as those who saw the entries in the online galleries. The Awards were awarded to those with the highest number of votes, regardless of grade category or whether the entry had recieved an award from the judges.
Congratulations to Bella Pelaez, a 12th grader at Jefferson High School, for her People's Choice Award.
"Oh the places you'll go... and the impact you'll have! This sculpture contains colorful mountains, as seen in the book "Oh the Places You'll Go". Below the surface of this landscape, is an ocean entirely of plastic and materials that take a toll on the environment. A pair of shoes can be seen walking into the plastic ocean, as a symbol of our carbon footprint. This bright, colorful scene contrasts against the negative nature of the materials used. In creating this piece, I was alarmed at the garbage I was able to produce in such a short time. Moving forward in 2020 I hope we opt for alternative sustainable solutions throughout the globe & take the steps to change our influence from negative to positive."
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Congratulations to all the students who created the amazing sculptures in the 8th Annual Doodad Repurposed Sculpture Competition. The sculptures continue to be on display at Tampa International Airport. Given the current situation, the best way to see the sculptures in the Exhibit is on the Doodad website. http://doodadoftampa.org/2020-competition/
The award winners are included on the award winners gallery. http://doodadoftampa.org/2020-award-winners/
This year, the competition included People's Choice Awards, sponsored by the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. The People's Choice Awards were voted on by visitors in the airport as well as those who saw the entries in the online galleries. The Awards were awarded to those with the highest number of votes, regardless of grade category or whether the entry had recieved an award from the judges.
Congratulations to Sophia Maston and Cameron Wong, 8th graders at Winthrop Charter School, for their People's Choice Award.
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5 months ago  ·  

Congratulations to all the students who created the amazing sculptures in the 8th Annual Doodad Repurposed Sculpture Competition. The sculptures continue to be on display at Tampa International Airport. Given the current situation, the best way to see the sculptures in the Exhibit is on the Doodad website. http://doodadoftampa.org/2020-competition/
The award winners are included on the award winners gallery. http://doodadoftampa.org/2020-award-winners/
This year, the competition included People's Choice Awards, sponsored by the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. The People's Choice Awards were voted on by visitors in the airport as well as those who saw the entries in the online galleries. The Awards were awarded to those with the highest number of votes, regardless of grade category or whether the entry had recieved an award from the judges.
Congratulations to Madeleine Berg, Chloe Boback, Addison Brown, Lauren Echeverry, Regan Hernandez, Emma Kaiser, Sophia Kelly, Reese MacDonald, Rory Martineau, Kamila Muraharisetti, Lin Riser, Bryn Valiente, Isabelle Williams, and Michael Xavier, 8th graders at The Academy of The Holy Names for their People's Choice Award.
"Our class was so excited for the Annual DooDad Competition! We were eager to brainstorm as a class together and were so excited to sculpt a combination of Tampa Landmarks and shoes! "Oh The Places You'll Go", in Tampa is limitless! As Tampa spreads it wings in leaps and bounds with cutting edge technology, state of the art businesses, and emerging start ups, Tampa consistently is reinventing itself and redesigning gorgeous spaces. You can go anywhere if you have the right pair of shoes on! With our walkable city, there is a million places your shoes can take you! Our display demonstrates and highlights our favorite places around Tampa Bay. We built our own plaster casts and used recycled candy wrappers and chip bags! Enjoy! Now, Go for a walk in The Top 10 Ranked Airport!"
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Congratulations to all the students who created the amazing sculptures in the 8th Annual Doodad Repurposed Sculpture Competition. The sculptures continue to be on display at Tampa International Airport. Given the current situation, the best way to see the sculptures in the Exhibit is on the Doodad website. http://doodadoftampa.org/2020-competition/
The award winners are included on the award winners gallery. http://doodadoftampa.org/2020-award-winners/
This year, the competition included People's Choice Awards, sponsored by the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. The People's Choice Awards were voted on by visitors in the airport as well as those who saw the entries in the online galleries. The Awards were awarded to those with the highest number of votes, regardless of grade category or whether the entry had recieved an award from the judges.
Congratulations to Alina Diaz, a 5th grader at Roland Park K-8 Magnet for her People's Choice Award.
"All I want to say is I didn't realize before I started this project how many candy and snack wrappers me, my family, and my friends use. This project inspired me to believe that my feet could take me anywhere, from outer space to the deep ocean floor."
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